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  • Video Roundup: 11/16/2018

    Welcome to another video roundup from Seattle Coffee Gear! Let's dive into this week's videos!

    First up, we have a new crew review for an old favorite!

    Next up, we took a look at two new Izzo Espresso machines!

    Finally, we have a Crew Review we've all been quite excited for, the Breville Bambino!!

    Thanks for watching! We'll see you next week!

  • Video Roundup: 11/9/2018

    Happy Friday!

    We're here with another video roundup!

    First up, our top 3 espresso machines of 2018!

    Next up, we took a peek at the new Breville Bambino!

    Followed by another top 3, this time focused on grinders:

    Finally, Gail's favorites for 2018!

    Thanks! Make some coffee you love this weekend!

     

  • Seattle Coffee Gear’s Top 3 Grinders of 2018

    Hot on the heels of our top 3 espresso machines of 2018, we’re back with our top 3 grinders of the year! This year we saw some exciting new releases, so we’ve decided to feature two of those alongside a home espresso classic.

    The Rancilio Rocky

    The Rocky is a classic standby in home espresso brewing. This is a grinder that has existed for a long time and sold loads of units. This is for good reason. The Rocky is built with the same design ethos as Rancilio’s commercial machines. This makes for extremely high quality grounds and a solid built, especially at the Rocky’s price point. This grinder features 55 stepped position adjustments and a set of 50mm flat steel burrs. This burr set doesn’t provide quite the lack of retention of more expensive conical burr grinders, but it makes up for this with consistency and quality. The motor is also extremely robust, giving you the kick you’d expect from a quality grinder. All around, this grinder is just an excellent choice for home use, with very few caveats.

    The only thing that you may notice is a lack of programmability. There’s no timed or volumetric dosing options, and the grinder is controlled by a simple on/off switch. An option with a doser is available for those seeking espresso grinding specifically. The Rocky is a great grinder for a wide range of applications, from espresso all the way up to press and pourover.

    The Baratza Sette 270Wi

     

    The Baratza Sette 270Wi is a new grinder for 2018 that improves upon the 270 model. Most of these improvements come in the form of updates to the weighted dosing of this grinder, its most compelling feature. Built with scale tech from Acaia, one of the leaders in coffee scales, the 270Wi grinds extremely accurate doses of coffee. After just a few calibration grinds, the 270Wi can grind to three pre-programmed doses, and does so consistently.

    On top of the convenient dosing, this grinder features an easy to clean, drop out 40mm conical steel burr set. Our only word of caution is that the stepped fineness settings really work best for espresso. We recommend a secondary grinder for drip or press brewing. That said, due to the design of this grinder, you’ll likely prefer using it with a portafilter anyway. Other convenient design features include a flip down stopper on the grinder’s hopper to keep beans from flying when you remove it, as well as adjustable portafilter arms. An excellent, well priced espresso grinder that really nails weighted dosing better than most!

    Eureka Mignon Specialita

    The Specialita is one of the awesome new Mignon grinders added to Eureka’s lineup this year. These grinders offer a more compact footprint and are less expensive than some of Eureka’s larger grinders. They also add some powerful noise dampening technology that will keep them from waking up the whole family in the morning. It’s this quiet operation that puts this grinder over the top for us, but it’s not all it offers.

    The Specialita features large 55mm flat steel burrs. While plenty of grinders (especially in the commercial space) have larger burrs, it’s rare to see them of this size in this form factor. The Specialita should easily fit on even the most cramped countertop, and looks stunning, especially in red. We also love the touchscreen. It is extremely simple, but looks great and offers easy access to timed dosing. The portafilter activated button on this grinder keeps grinding simple and easy. Last but not least, smart design features like the wide, anti-clumping chute and easy to access burrs make this grinder easy to recommend. The stepless grind setting adjusts the bottom burr, meaning you can take it apart to clean it without losing your setting.

    These three grinders make a great addition to any countertop, and we hope you’ll agree! For more thoughts, check out our video of these three grinders below!

  • Roast of the Month: Toby's Costa Rica Santa Teresa 2000

    Welcome to October's Roast of the Month, featuring Toby's Estate Costa Rica Santa Teresa 2000!

     

    Sweet and Creamy

    This roast is a true winner when it comes to balancing sweetness and mouthfeel. The beans in this coffee were processed using a technique called "honey-process". This is similar to the honeyed process you may have learned about in the past, where some cherry is left on the bean while drying. The "white" part of the term refers to the amount of mucilage left on the bean, and the length of time it is given to ferment. The result of this process and the roasting technique is a flavor profile similar to that of a natural, but less intense.

    For this roast, that means delicious sweet notes of caramel apple and cherry soda, alongside creamier, chocolatey notes. What we love most about this roast is the way these flavors bend around the palate. It makes for an intensely satisfying mouthfeel and a taste you'll want to experience again and again.

    As is often the case with naturals and honey processed roasts, brew method is key. We recommend trying this roast as a pourover first, to really get the most out of it. This brew method will give you a clearer understanding of the roast's notes. From there, try dialing it in to your espresso machine or press! Just avoid using these beans in a super-auto. While not very oily for a honey-process coffee, we still recommend sticking to blends in these machines to prevent clogging.

    Grab your bag of Toby's  Estate—Costa Rica Santa Teresa 2000 here!

     

  • Video Roundup: 9/28/2018

    Happy Friday! It's time for another video roundup!

    We hope these videos help to give you some insight into the inner workings of your favorite café's espresso machine!

     

    First, John gave us a peek inside the Rocket R9 Commercial Machine!

    Next, We took a look at the Boxer by Rocket Espresso!

    We hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend!

  • Video Roundup: 9/21/2018

    Happy Friday coffee fans!

    We're light on video count this week but still high on content! We've got a couple of lengthier pieces for you to sink your teeth into.

    First up, join Gail and our friend Velton from Velton's Coffee Roasting for some thoughts on what makes a good espresso roast:

    Next, yours truly had a chance to sit down with Velton for a chat about how he manages his roaster!

    That's all for now, but stay tuned for next week, we have all kinds of great videos on the way from Gail and Co.!

  • Video Roundup: 9/14/2018

    Happy Friday!

    It's back to our regularly scheduled blog programming this week with a roundup of videos for the week!

    First, we stopped by Velton's Coffee Roasting to pick the main man's brain on how long coffee lasts!

    Next, Gail gave us a review of the exciting new Porta Via from Rocket Espresso!

    Finally, we took a look at the Marco Mix commercial boiler with John!

    Thanks for joining us this week, have a great weekend!

  • Video Roundup: 8/27-9/7

    Hey coffee fans! It's been a couple of weeks since our last video roundup. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming this week!

    But first, let's take a look at what we missed!

    First up, Gail gave us a Crew Review of the new Eureka Perfetto.

    Next up, another crew review! This time for the DeLonghi Magnifica:

    Then we took a look at the Marco Beverages Jet Brewer with John!

    We then got a review of the Saeco Gran Baristo Avanti from Gail!

    Finally, John gave us some great tips on programming the Rocket R9 commercial machine.

    Thanks for joining us! We'll see you for more videos this week!

     

  • Roast of the Month: Olympia Kenya Kiandu

     

    Kenya Kiandu

    This month's roast of the month comes to us from the folks at Olympia Coffee Roasting! Kenya Kiandu is an intensely delicious single origin. While this is a washed process, it features strong flavor notes that you might normally associate with a natural. This is in part because of the unique washing process, wherein coffee is allowed to ferment for a day between cherry removal and washing. The result is a delicious explosion of berry, floral, and rich notes. You'll be able to pick out the strawberry and caramel notes even without a refined palate. On top of this, strong floral aromatics will delight your tastebuds as well as your nostrils!

    We love Kenya Kaindu in a variety of filter methods, but as usual we recommend a pourover to get the most complex notes. Get this delicious roast while you can!

  • Video Roundup: 8/24/2018

    Happy Friday!

    It's time for another roundup of exciting video content from our YouTube!

    First, John gave us a look at the Rocket R9!

    Next, Gail gave us a crew review of the new Eureka Slienzio!

    Finally, we had the pleasure of visiting Elm Coffee Roasters in the heart of Pioneer Square, Seattle to ask their founder, Brendan Mullaly, some questions!

    Thanks for watching!

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